A lottery

I ran a few errands today, including getting my Octopus card all set up with automatic top-up. A few weeks ago, I lost my old Octopus card, if you remember all the stress associated with that 😒 Now I have finally got it all sorted: I got the balance on my old Octopus card transferred to my new card, and I also got the automatic top-up set up on the new card – woohoo! It’s now all done 👍 I really should just set it up on my phone like N has, so I don’t have to worry about carrying one extra item – and therefore worry about having one extra item to lose!

One of our friends here just went and had his annual check-up. Apparently the doctors have recommended that he go for an angioplasty! ðŸ˜ą He’s not even that old, I think he’s in his mid-40s, so I don’t understand how the doctors can recommend surgery straight away. What about changing his diet first and seeing if that will improve the situation?? What about lifestyle changes? Medication? Surely there are other things he can do before surgery?! Obviously I’m not a doctor, and I don’t know his medical situation, but unless his heart is in really bad shape, then I can’t understand why surgery is what they’re recommending already. Maybe his heart really is in bad shape? Hmmm… Anyway, he is still relatively young, so even if he does go for the surgery, he should come out OK ðŸĪž

It’s news like this that jolts me back to reality, that life can be a real b!tch and ðŸ’Đ happens to good people, and not always to the bad ones; that children can die from incurable diseases; that you can lead a mega-healthy lifestyle and still be struck with some disease; that you can be diagnosed with something with NO family history – and that you can escape something even if everyone else in your family had it. It’s such a lottery sometimes. Which is another reason why I try and enjoy my life as much as I can, because who knows what the universe has in store for you tomorrow ðŸĪ·â€â™€ïļ

Heart palpitations and handstands

My heart was racing like crazy this afternoon. It felt like I was having a panic attack. Not that I know what panic attacks feel like, but I’m guessing that what I felt today is what they would feel like. Well, maybe just the heart palpitation symptom. Panic attacks probably have other symptoms as well. So maybe the similarity stops with the heart palpitations. And they were bad enough! I have no idea where it came from. Sure, I had a cup of tea this afternoon, and even though I don’t have caffeine too often in the afternoon (maybe once or twice a week), this surely couldn’t have triggered it?!

So of course I tried to calm myself down by doing some mindful breathing. My heart did eventually slow down, so I still don’t know what happened ðŸĪ·â€â™€ïļ

Oh, and I have been doing yoga DAILY for a few weeks now. I’ve been so impressed with my effort 👏 I really hope this is the start of a good habit. I only do about 10-15 minutes each morning, but like I keep saying with language study, a little bit each day is so much better than a huge session once a week. It’s all about consistency. And then of course this counts towards my Apple Watch stats, which is one of those daily goals that is top of mind for me right now.

And coming out of this, I’ve had this crazy thought lately: are handstands good for you? I haven’t done one for yeeears. I even wonder if I’ve done one as an adult. But I was wondering if there are any benefits to being upside down, even for just a little while? I am picturing myself going up against the wall like I used to do so easily as a kid. But my body is probably 30 years older now compared to the age of my body in that memory! ðŸĪĢ Could I still do it?? Maybe I should do it with N around in case I injure myself?!? ðŸĪŠ Or maybe I just shouldn’t do it at all?!

Crashing down

I felt like I was crashing down from the adrenalin high that I’ve been living on the past few days. I felt really tired, lethargic, and had a mild headache the entire day. I spent most of the afternoon sleeping. A family friend is actually in town for work and we were supposed to catch up tonight, but I just wasn’t feeling up to it, so I had to take a rain check. We may have to catch up next time she’s in HK! ðŸ˜ē

I did manage to track a friend’s flight though, from Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore, on his way back to Brisbane. He’s spent the last four years in Vietnam, and is now on his way back home to pursue a new business venture. He too is starting a new chapter in his book of life. He came over to Asia just before we did, and now he’s going back to Oz. While we are just starting a new Asian chapter. It’s all happening.

Today is T minus 27, and for N, it is T minus 6 ðŸ˜ē I don’t feel like we’re anywhere near ready for the move 😔

Our last comp for 2018

I got up at 6:15am today ðŸ˜ē I actually wanted to get up at 6am, but I’m still somewhat happy with my effort. It did mean that I missed out on eating breakfast, as the comp today officially starts at 8am and our first event was pretty early in the program. We got to the venue at 8am, and the music wasn’t even on yet, so obviously official proceedings hadn’t even started yet. But the late start meant that they ran behind schedule for the rest of the day, finishing more than two hours late by the end of the day session.

So that meant a lot of waiting. We actually didn’t dance too much today: we either danced a straight out final for events with fewer people; or we didn’t make it to the final for those with more competitors. Plus for each event, I don’t think they played the music for too long as they were running so far behind. I’m not sure if I pushed myself hard enough on the dance floor today, or if I’m just getting fitter, but I didn’t feel like I was completely spent at the end of the day like I normally do. The former might have contributed to the mediocre results today. Not to mention the lack of regular training these past few months, since we’ve been flying to and from HK to organise this move! 😂

We went and grabbed burgers for dinner after the comp – our first proper meal of the day at 6:30pm ðŸ˜ē I needed something sinful. We’d just been surviving on fruit, chocolate and energy gels the rest of the day! And my BFF these past few days: adrenalin 😆

So we’re done with comps for the year. And when we resume sometime next year, we’ll be doing HK comps, and perhaps more comps in North Asia. Wow. New dance experiences around the corner. That’ll be fun!

Oh and this morning, as I was watching some random event at the comp, someone came up to me and tapped on the shoulder. It was the dancing doctor! She just came around to tell me that my test results were ok 😅 That was very nice of her. She didn’t have to do that, as I’m seeing her on Monday anyway, but I appreciated it nonetheless. But she slunk away straight after she told me, as I think she was so embarrassed being seen in her dance costume. I completely understand. It’s very surreal when two of your very separate worlds collide! ðŸĪŠ

Being creative while freaking out

Today was all about dancing. It’s the last free weekend that we have before the comp, so we tried to do as much dancing today as we can. But after all this dancing, there is now a dull ache in the lower part of my abdomen. I’m getting completely freaked out, as I always do whenever I have a health-related issue, and am coming up with crazy-ass ideas as to what could be causing it. My current thought is that one of my ovaries is about to explode ðŸ˜ģ See, I can be creative at times ðŸĪŠ

But it is freaking me out. Last time we did this much dancing, I strained my back, and a part of my spine swelled up. My spine. So of course that freaked me out to buggery too. The doctor gave me some cream to help reduce the swelling that time, and after a few weeks, it did eventually go away. I used the same cream again today, just in case I strained some other muscle, this time in the abdomen area. Not that I think I pulled a muscle today, but just on the off chance that I really did… If it doesn’t get any better in the next few days (or if it gets progressively worse 😟), I may just have to visit a doctor to get it checked out.

And on the topic of health, I’m supposed to have my follow-up appointment about my comprehensive health screening results Monday week. That’s freaking me out too 😟 Fingers crossed that is all ok too ðŸĪž

My comprehensive health check-up

I managed to get up at 7:30am this morning, to get to my health check-up appointment at 9am. It was a rather interesting process, I felt like a cog in a wheel with a hundred different parts, all running like a well-oiled machine, and I’m the only one new to the whole process.

I did a bajillion tests, done in the following order:

  • First they drew blood for various blood tests;
  • Then they took my resting ECG;
  • After that, my blood pressure and general body measurements like height and weight etc;
  • And then a quick eye test, like really quick, nothing like what you’d do at the optometrist. Not sure what she was testing for, that I could see something – anything, perhaps?
  • And after about a half hour wait, I ended up finally seeing a GP who did a more comprehensive exam.

And in between the tests, I just sat back down in the waiting room and waited until the next test. There were about six of us shuffling in and out of the various rooms to get the different tests done. One takeaway from the whole process: bring a good book or a fully charged smartphone to keep you occupied! 😂

I hadn’t eaten or drunk anything except water, since I needed to fast for whatever tests they needed to do this morning. But that was just helping with my intermittent fasting anyway, so I was fine with that 😊 They had a whole spread at the clinic, though, with fruit and sandwiches and coffee, which was very tempting! ðŸ˜Đ So I dug into the food once I got the go ahead from one of the nurses. I’m a sucker for free food 😆

I then went to the radiology clinic downstairs to get some x-rays, ultrasound and a mammogram. Indeed a comprehensive check-up!

So after all this, I get my results in about three weeks. Is that a long time? Feels like a long time. Anyway, I’m glad it’s all done. I now just need to make sure I do this yearly check-up, to make sure I’m on top of my health, and we catch anything as early as possible.

The check-up took aaages, so by the time I got home, it was almost 4pm! And with my cold, I was completely spent, so I took a long nap to recover.

And then in the evening, I tried to wrinkle out a few technical issues with my new blog, around contacting me and subscribing to the blog. Hopefully it’s now all sorted… ðŸĪž

So it was a productive, but tiring day 😊

Endings

I decided to eat breakfast at a local cafe, before running a few errands this morning. Can you believe it: they took vegemite off their menu! Wahhh! I was so looking forward to it too ðŸ˜Đ I was so not happy, I felt like turning around and walking right out of there! I guess vegemite wasn’t selling too well 😂 Such a shame, I was so disappointed this morning. My second choice in spread was nowhere near as good 😔

One of the errands that I did this morning was pick up my stool collection kit, in preparation for my check up next week. Ughhh… I really don’t want to collect this sample! And how much are you supposed to collect? A teeny tiny bit? What if I don’t collect enough and they ask me to do it again?! Ughhh! I’ll have to do a quick Google search to make sure I collect enough. I’m seriously not looking forward to this!!

OK so this Hong Kong move may happen faster than I expected. At the moment, we’re aiming to be there beginning of December ðŸ˜ē That leaves just over two months to get everything sorted. I definitely have to write a checklist of all the things that we need to do now! I was so preoccupied with this move that I started to pack my groceries at the self-service register in the supermarket before I had even paid for my items. Staff kindly reminded me that I hadn’t paid, oooops 😆

So I’ll start working on putting that checklist together tomorrow. I’m still a bit sad with the move, but I know HK will just be the next chapter in our lives. I just need to focus on that, and not be sad about finishing off the current chapter. A new one is just around the corner.